Interviews

One On One With Nicolas Fouilleroux

18/12/2019

The Paris Wine Cup Team had a sit-down with the Sommelier and Wine Educator, Nicolas Fouilleroux to talk about wine and wine-buying.

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Let's have a short conversation with Nicolas Fouilleroux, Sommelier and wine educator.

The Paris Wine Cup Team talks to Nicolas about his perception of the wine industry in France and his vision and foresight regarding newer varietals and wine regions.


Let's Connect

Let's Connect


1. What do you see as the most important skills a sommelier can have?

Humility, an open mind, patience, resilience

2. What’s a Wine trend that you’re currently excited about?

Nicolas Fouilleroux in a vineyard

Coping with climate change, and especially by resurrecting traditional almost extinct varieties much more adapted to the current conditions in warmer climates.

3. How has the role of the sommelier evolved?

Nicolas Foullireoux with a wine bottle

In France, it has less evolved then elsewhere but I believe a sommelier is as much someone selecting and pouring wines in the on-trade as a consultant, a wine-educator, a freelance sommelier.

4. What do you look for when you plan to buy wine for your business?

Wine glasses with red wine at wine tasting

Now as before I’m looking for diversity and typicity if possible (depending on the traditions and the origin) and a wide range of price.

5. What is most challenging about what you do?

Wine Class

To always be able to answer questions from students about any wine topic.

6. Have you noticed any change in the preferences of wine consumers?

Wine tasting session

Yes, in my experience retail customers look more for wines to be consumed apart from food or at least traditional meal. This is especially true of city residents and of less than 50y old consumers. Environmental concern has grown among younger generations of drinkers as well. Less focus on the AOC than on the style for Gen Y and Gen Z I’d say.

7. Which regions and varietals should we be on the lookout for over the coming year or two?

Grape crushing for wine

Cooler regions maybe (if we mean the whole world not just France) and probably forgotten grape varieties for Mediterranean regions: oeillade, ribeyrenc, terret, muscardin for example in Rhône and Languedoc, or Jura varieties for Tasmania and Victoria in Australia as I witnessed in early 2018.

8. If you could only buy one bottle to drink in December, what would it be?

For personal reasons it could be a Nuits St Georges from 1999.

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